Come When Called was the final session for Nikki's basic obedience training. We practiced recall games inside, and used a long line for outside work. Nikki and her owners did a great job!
Gracie, who we have worked with in the past, has developed some separation anxiety issues. She has become destructive when left alone and we will be working to solve this in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Miki, a 1-year old Miniature Poodle, is in need of basic obedience training. Today we worked on her name recognition as well as Look at Me. Miki already knows Sit and Down fairly well, but she will be working on strengthening those as well over the next week.
Bear is an excitable, young dog who needs some brushing up on his manners, but he really needs help on his walks. He pulls as well as bites his leash, which doesn't make it fun for anyone. We practiced Heel as well as Loose Leash Walking and Bear did very well.
“Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy you the wag of his tail.”
- Henry Wheeler Shaw
The first time I met with Boss he was very fear aggressive - barking, lunging, and even snapping at my shoes. By the end of that session I could sit a few feet away without him constantly barking. Tonight we made even bigger strides, and by the end of the night he was eating out of my hand! Making great progress.
We took Nikki on a nice, long walk tonight. She pulled a little bit, but when we stood like a tree she quickly figured it out - "if I pull I don't get there". She also gets a little excited when she encounters other dogs that are barking at her, but all-in-all she did great.
Lilly is a nearly 2-year old Basset Hound that was rescued from a hoarding situation. She is a very friendly girl, which is one of her problems, as she jumps and whines for attention. She also is not completely housebroken so we will be working on that too in the next few weeks.
"Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?"
- Jonathan Safran Foer
Rocky, an 8-year old Pit Bull, is anxious around new people, which is something that started after he contracted meningitis several years ago. His illness also caused him to lose some cognitive function. To complicate matters he will be getting a baby sister or brother, the 2-legged kind. Over the next several months we will work on conditioning Rocky to accept new people, especially babies!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI